From Maverick To Daddy
Harlequin Special Edition, Jul 15 2014, $5.50
In Rust Creek Falls, Montana, rancher Caleb Dalton visits his lawyer dad Ben to take him out for a beer at Ace in the Hole; only the eight years old Asian “receptionist” insists he wait since he has no appointment. Ben’s paralegal Mallory Franklin comes into the waiting room and apologizes for her orphaned niece Lily keeping Caleb waiting to see his dad. Manhattan transfer Mallory and Ben discuss why they have not met before as they obviously travel in different circles. Before the two Dalton males leave, Lily informs Caleb that Mallory needs a husband, preferably a cowboy who can teach her to ride a horse.
As his family welcomes the two females and they are especially kind to Lily, Caleb becomes the little girl’s favorite cowboy. As Caleb and Mallory fall in love, he panics over his feelings for the guardian and her waif; but like Mallory accepts Lily’s needs come before their desires.
This Montana Mavericks: Twenty Years In The Saddle romance is a warm contemporary starring two people with different needs falling in love. Although Lily is too precocious, her antics make for a pleasant Montana Mavericks Cowboys (see The Maverick's Christmas Homecoming) family drama.